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Yolinda and Dean Theis, both of Crown Point, look at the view of Main Street from the west window of the new library, in Crown Point, during the muddy boots public tour on Saturday, April 14, 2012. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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CROWN POINT — Residents received a sneak peek at the interior of the partially constructed Crown Point Community Library on Saturday when the building was open to the public for a “muddy boots tour.”

“It’s a whole lot bigger than the other one,” Madison Flewelling, 8, said as she summed up her first impressions of the facility she was touring with her mom and dad, Lynn and Flew, and her sisters Hannah, 7, and Kaitlin, 4.

The sisters had to use their imaginations to picture what the cement floors and roughed-in drywall would look like filled with books and computers.

Lynn Flewelling said the family frequently uses the library and participates in programs offered for the children. The new library will have more space for sitting and reading as well as for programs and meetings.

Lynn Frank, library director, said residents have been watching the construction from the outside. The tour allowed them to come inside and get a glimpse at what is to come late fall.

“It’s a public building. We want the public to be as involved as possible,” Frank said.

The new building is 45,000 square feet and includes three community meeting rooms, additional computer stations for all age levels, a self-checkout system, small group study rooms, an Internet café and display areas for traveling exhibits. It will also feature expanded parking and expanded storage space for library materials.

Rose Kendall, a library trustee, said the $12 million building will be more functional with spaces for patrons and for library programs. Seating areas will allow library patrons a place to sit and read or plug in their computers and work.

“A lot of people can come over and sit. We didn’t have that before,” she said.

Paulette and Shawn Stuckey of Crown Point and their children Xander, 7, and Elora, 3, also took a walk through the building. The couple appreciated the opportunity to see what was going on first hand as they have watched the construction process.

“I’m very excited,” Paulette said.

Shawn said he was impressed by the size of the new building at the amenities it will offer.

“It’s just a bit slightly closer walk from our home but that is nothing in comparison with the other perks,” he said.



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